Table Of Contents

  1. Our Renovation Journey
  2. Introduction
  3. Selecting a Contractor
  4. The Mood Board
  5. List of Works Done
  6. Problems Encountered
  7. Hacking and Plastering
  8. Tiling
  9. Taobao Loots
  10. Kitchen Appliances
  11. Issues Encountered Part 1
  12. Issues Encountered Part 2
  13. Brick Walls
  14. Electrical Works
  15. The Finished Look + Final Review and Contacts

 


 

Here are the 3D drawings that I engaged another designer to create (because our contractor doesn’t offer them).  Even though we already had a rough gist of what the whole concept would be like, we were still having a difficult time visualizing the final product. These 3Ds, although not entirely close to what we had in mind, were very crucial. They provided assurance that we were moving in the right direction, and also revealed many design ‘flaws’. This made it much easier for us to finalize everything.

living-3Dkitchen-3Dmasterbedroom-3Dtoilet-3D

 

Table Of Contents

  1. Our Renovation Journey
  2. Introduction
  3. Selecting a Contractor
  4. The Mood Board
  5. List of Works Done
  6. Problems Encountered
  7. Hacking and Plastering
  8. Tiling
  9. Taobao Loots
  10. Kitchen Appliances
  11. Issues Encountered Part 1
  12. Issues Encountered Part 2
  13. Brick Walls
  14. Electrical Works
  15. The Finished Look + Final Review and Contacts

 


 

Even though our flat seems simple and straightforward, we encountered quite a few problematic areas pre-renovation. The bathroom, especially, was a huge, huge one! It took Bear and I (and sometimes contractor M) a few weeks of heated discussions to solve some of these problems.

 

1) Craftstone brick walls

Our number one requirement. I’ve always been attracted to that aged, decrepit look, and I feel that natural textures like brick and concrete are a good way to bring out that sense of rawness.

Problem: Cost of laying the bricks.

Solution: Initially, I planned to settle for a very small area (maybe 6-7ft) to save cost. But contractor M was able to offer us a good price. PLUS, we’re buying our bricks from Taobao, so that helps a lot. One box of bricks, covering 1 sqm, costs about $14 on Taobao. Over here in Singapore, it costs at least $90. In spite of the risk of cracked tiles from Taobao etc., I think the savings are huge and worthwhile in the end.

2) Black aluminium frame sliding door

Our base theme is still an industrial look, and that would be incomplete without black aluminium frames. I found this image on Qanvast (by a smashing interior design/architect team called 0932), and it was love at first sight, and I was determined to incorporate it into our interior deco.

Problem: Cost of building a sliding door of this size, as well as concerns that the door might be too heavy, because our kitchen entrance is almost 8ft wide (after hacking the right entrance wall).

Solution: Again, contractor M saved the day with his affordable price. We also decided to extend the entrance wall on the other side to reduce the width of the door, so that it won’t be too heavy.

3) Lack of drainage points

Because our kitchen isn’t very long, we’ll be placing our fridge, washer and dryer in a row, on the left side of the kitchen to free up tabletop space. We’ll also be shifting the wash basin into the toilet (currently, it’s located outside). And lastly, we’re going to have a shower area, and a dry area in the bathroom.

Problem:

The washer requires a drainage point for water to be drained, but the only drainage point in the kitchen is located on the opposite side. The washbasin requires yet another drainage point. And lastly, the existing bathroom floor trap is located outside of the shower area, and not in the shower area itself. With so many drainage points needed, there would potentially be plenty of messy pipes running all over the place. It was a nightmare!

Solution: Contractor M suggested we hack up the entire kitchen and bathroom floor, and rework everything from scratch. This will enable us to create 3 additional drainage points that will be neatly concealed under the floor. No exposed piping. Big sigh of relief, phew!

4) Combining the 2 bathrooms into 1

We wanted a combined bathroom that has WC + dry area + shower area + sink, more for convenience than anything else. But one thing stood in our way – the dividing wall.

Problem: A few IDs warned us that it might not be approved.

Solution: Really, nothing but an approval from HDB which was approved eventually. Pure elation and joy!

 

Table Of Contents

  1. Our Renovation Journey
  2. Introduction
  3. Selecting a Contractor
  4. The Mood Board
  5. List of Works Done
  6. Problems Encountered
  7. Hacking and Plastering
  8. Tiling
  9. Taobao Loots
  10. Kitchen Appliances
  11. Issues Encountered Part 1
  12. Issues Encountered Part 2
  13. Brick Walls
  14. Electrical Works
  15. The Finished Look + Final Review and Contacts

 


sketchup-all-floorplan

 

Here’s a more or less finalized Sketchup plan of our house. We started out with a regular floorplan, did all the measurements and transferred everything over to Sketchup. Its been very helpful because unlike a 3D drawing which is just a single still frame, we’re able to rotate things around in Sketchup, so there’s a much better sense of space with this.

Some other views from Sketchup and the reno items that we will be working on:

sketchup-living-floorplan

Living Room 

  • Changing of main gate to scissor gate
  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Full height shoe cabinet, 3ft
  • Suspended ledge at the window, 7.5ft
  • Labour only to lay craftstone brick wall, 22ft
  • Hack 1 side of kitchen entrance, 4ft
  • Extend the other side of kitchen entrance using hollow blocks, 1ft
  • Aluminium frame door with 1 fixed and 1 sliding panel, only top tracks, 6.5ft

sketchup-kitchen-floorplan

Kitchen

  • Hack all floor and walls tiles
  • Labour and material to lay new floor tiles
  • Supply and lay subway tiles at entire wall above lower kitchen cabinet
  • Plaster rest of all exposed walls
  • Lower kitchen cabinet with granite table top, 10ft
  • Full height kitchen cabinet, 3ft
  • Box up kitchen pipes, 1ft
  • Upper kitchen cabinet, 5ft
  • Side panels for fridge and box up washer and dryer
  • Removing existing 2 sinks, 2 bathroom doors and 1 wc
  • Seal up 1 bathroom door entrance with hollow blocks
  • Install 1 PD door
  • Supply and change dustbin lid

sketchup-wc-floorplanBathroom

  • Hack all floor and wall tiles
  • Hack wall diving 2 bathrooms to combine into 1
  • Labour and material to lay floor and wall tiles
  • Raise up entire dry area floor so that shower area floor is ‘sunken’
  • Construct and tile up concrete seat and 2 additional ledges at shower area
  • Supply and install glass shower panel with sliding door
  • False ceiling with downlights
  • Vanity cabinet with solid surface table top and mirror, 2.5ft

sketchup-mbr-floorplan

Master Bedroom

  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Hack 1 entrance to the bathroom
  • Install 1 PD door
  • Casement cabinet with round edge, 8.5ft
  • 1 Bedside unit with round edge
  • Labour only to lay craftstone brick wall, 10ft

sketchup-studyrm-floorplan

Study Room

  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Construct and install plywood sliding door with frame, 14ft

Miscellaneous

  • Electrical rewiring for whole house
  • Plumbing and re-piping of whole house
  • Painting of whole house
  • Repainting main door and 2 bedroom doors and replacing handles
  • Replacing floor traps
  • Acid wash, clearing of debris, laying floor protection etc.

Total damage: 35k